water quality

Toxic Algal Bloom Prompts Closure of Utah Lake

Jul 15, 2016
Utah DEQ

State officials closed Utah Lake on Friday due to health concerns from a large algal bloom. The Utah Department of Health is warning against using the lake for swimming, boating and other types of recreation.

US Environmental Protection Agency

About three* million gallons of wastewater laden with heavy metals is making its way towards the San Juan River in southeast Utah. The wastewater was accidentally released by the US Environmental Protection Agency from an abandoned Colorado mine. Utah officials don’t know exactly when it will arrive or what damage it may cause, but they’re warning people to take precautions.

Michael Shea

Students at Pacific Heritage Academy spent the morning planting foliage next to their building’s storm drain. The work is part of the Lower Jordan River Restoration Project.

As part of a greater study of Utah’s water system, students at Pacific Heritage Academy planted nine different types of trees and shrubs in front of their school. The “habitat patch” as it’s called will help absorb storm runoff from the school’s parking lot and provide nesting grounds for birds. Hilary Ward is a Teacher at the academy. She says the work is much more than just storm water management.

Flickr: Lyza

The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food is launching a new program that rewards farmers and ranchers who are working to protect the environment.